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ERIC Number: EJ783259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1066-8926
Validating an Instrument for Assessing Workforce Collaboration
Townsend, Amy; Shelley, Kyna
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v32 n2 p101-112 Feb 2008
The community college has always played an integral role in job training but never more so than following the 1998 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that significantly increased the community colleges' opportunity to join with others in the provision of job training services. With this, however, came demand for high levels of collaboration between the state's community colleges and Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Centers, as WIA-mandated partnering agencies. In this study, an instrument developed by Mattessich and Monsey (1992) for measuring inter-agency collaboration was used in surveying community college personnel and WIN Job Center personnel. There were two major goals of this research effort, the first of which was the validation of the instrument, the Wilder Collaboration Factor Inventory. The second goal was to determine the level of collaboration between Mississippi's 15 community colleges and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security's 45 comprehensive WIN Job Centers. The results of a factor analysis support the constructs proposed in the Wilder instrument as being key elements of successful collaboration. Some areas of strength reported by the 572 participants were shared history, favorable climate and culture for collaboration, adaptability, as well as the organizations having a unique purpose. Areas reflecting concern include open and frequent communication, having multiple layers of participation, and the adequacy of resources. Additional data suggest other areas of strengths and areas of concern regarding the collaborative effort between the community college and WIN Job Center partners. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi